Monday 9 July 2012

"Knit & purl" sweater no 2

"Knit & purl" sweater by Asplund
"Knit & purl" sweater, a photo by Asplund on Flickr.
Here's a sweater I finished for my mother recently, "Knit & purl" from Classic Knits by Marianne Isager. These pattern borders are a lot of fun to knit, easy but enough variation to keep them from getting monotonous.

I've taken a couple of liberties with the design, though:
1. The original is a raglan sweater. I do like raglans, but thought these horizontal borders would look better in a straighter shape.
2. I knitted the pieces back and forth instead of in the round. It's easy with this kind of pattern, and I wanted to accentuate the side seams with vertical lines similar to where I picked up stitches for the sleeves and the sleeve seams.

side seam

I was lucky enough to get to the right length with the diagonal borders, so the shoulder join looks nice:
shoulder join

The sleeves were too long first, but as I had knitted them top-down it was easy to fix: I ripped the cuff and let border above it become the new cuff. I thought of ripping that border too and reknit the 2x2 cuff pattern, but thought it looked nice with the diagonal lines.
The first sleeve version; I think the final one looks better.

Unfortunately, this yarn (BC Lucca Fino) has been discontinued, but at least I have enough of it for another sweater in my stash.


Domi said...

Very beautifull !!!

Yarndude said...

Yet another great sweater by Ivar! I want one for myself now, and I love that collar.

Annika Odelstav said...

Jag är definitivt ett fan av dina utsökta detaljer! Och det är så kul och lärorikt att du tar bilder och visar så tydligt!

Ing-Marie i Säter said...

Enkel men så fantastisk med detaljer. Du är så finurlig och får till det så bra. Lyckliga mamma som får den.

Kerry said...

Your mother's sweater looks beautiful, I plan to knit it for myself one day. What a shame the yarn has been discontinued.

Karen S, Lykkefanten said...

Very beautiful and elegant. I do like the altered sleeves, they fit the overall look of the sweater very well.

ylva said...

Smakfullt och fiffigt ( som vanligt) Ha det gott !


Anonymous said...

I just discovered your blog and it is now my favourite blog. You are so talented...I wish I paid more attention when my grandma taught me how to knit!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful. I love the colour, and all the detail that you do so well.